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Golem Academy is an independently developed action anime card game! It takes our favorite anime attributes and forces them into a game.
Golem Academy is an independently developed action anime card game! It takes our favorite anime attributes and forces them into a game.
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A battle is raging beyond these walls. The fate of the world rests with you and your Golem. But here in the Golem Academy arena, it is just you and your opponents. With every attack, you grow stronger, faster, and more deadly. With every parry, your bond grows, bringing you closer to your ultimate goal. For once you fuse with your Golem—an ancient creature of unimaginable might brought to life by the magic of the Dark Tree—there will be no stopping you. Will you wield the power that saves the world? Or will you be destroyed before your training is complete? Golem Academy awaits!

  • 4 over-the-top characters, each with their own play style!
  • Awesome pun-filled cards!
  • The ability to plan powerful attacks & combos!
  • The ability to ruin your buddy's powerful attacks & combos!
  • A GOSH-DARNED PUFFERFISH!
  • TOP-NOTCH ANIME-INSPIRED ARTWORK!
  • Unique and Challenging Game Mechanics!
  • and of course, NO FILLER EPISODES!
 

Karin Mercury & Orderve, Blustery Disorientation!  

Karin and Orderve are tricky little minxes, throwing caution to the wind to mix up their opponents' strategies! An opponent’s powerful attack can quickly get turned on its head as a drafty torrent descends upon them and makes them revise and restrategize. Watch out for Karin’s smaller attacks, because a mighty gust may pick up and you’ll be taking a lot more damage than you anticipated!

Gavin Monstrom & Gorm, Gravitational Dickery!

Gavin and his Golem, Gorm, have control over gravity! They utilize this by forcing immense gravity around their opponents and then crushing them beneath their own weight. Gavin players are faced with an interesting conundrum: do you keep building gravity charges to deal more damage later, or discharge them early to get a quick lead? That’s entirely up to you!

Finn Simius & Cheeks, Toxic Reinforcers!

Cheeks, a gosh-darned pufferfish, and his master Finn are all about tetrodotoxin. Once you’ve infected a player, they’re infected for good, and the slow burn begins! Build methodically upon that infection and make each of their turns a misery to begin. Take the time to focus on other opponents, or read a good book, all while your Tetrodotoxin eats away at your victims!

Delia Damsel & Rhine, Hot-Headed Combat Enthusiasts!

Fight, Fight, Fight! That’s all Delia wants, and when people don’t, she’ll sic Rhine on ‘em. Combat manipulation is her specialty, from changing tiny attacks to behemoth blows, and making powering up almost scarier than taking a full attack to the face! Go down swinging or go down in the ground, like several bones from the mouth of a dog. A big ol’ fire dog.

                 
  • 200 cards with unique, high-quality art
  • 4 character-specific game boards
  • 4 Bond-tracking tokens
  • 8 custom spindown life die
  • 25 double-sided gravity charge tokens
  • User manual

And Hey! Once you have seen how to play you should go and download the beta set so you can actually see the game for your self! Link here for the files!

Check out the videos for a brief overview of a turn and combat. See below for more detailed information!

 Golem Academy Game Play:

The goal is simple. Choose 1 of 4 unique characters, each with his or her own Golem companion, and beat the ever-loving bejesus out of your friends. The last player left with any bejesus being the winner!

Each character’s arsenal will include the following card types to help them achieve victory: Combat, Combo, Reflex, and Fusion cards. Most of the damage you’ll deal will be in the form of Combat and Combo cards.

Combat and Combo cards can be strung together to perform an over-the-top attack on an opponent, landing heavy blows and applying additional, horrible effects depending on which character you're playing.  Keep in mind, your opponents can block your incoming attacks, or use a Reflex card to try and ruin your perfect strategy. They can even turn the attack right around on you!

If performing huge attacks on your friends and ruining their strategies with your Reflex cards wasn’t enough for you, then we have got some kickass news for you: every character can also become FusedWhen characters become Fused, they combine with their Golem and gain access to a whole new slew of cards AND their own Fusion Passive ability that will change the game in interesting ways, and also give you this phenomenal-looking Fusion art to look at:

Most importantly though, becoming Fused will allow you to more creatively and deliberately destroy your opponents - and maybe even unleash your ultimate attack! That will be sure to make your friends go, “Aw man, come on.” (My friends aren’t very interesting.)

Play Test for FREE HERE!


We're Daniel Lees and Justin Powell.  We love games, and we've been playing them literally forever.  Ever since we were tiny little baby boys we've loved the experiences and memories that come with games, and the interactions people have together when they play them.  We want to lend a hand creating those memories and giving those experiences to as many people as we can.

We are a small group of people with a big idea! But sometimes it takes just the right push (and a little dough!) to make those big ideas a success. We believe Kickstarter can help us reach our goal and cross the finish line. Even though this is a first for us, we have dotted our i’s and crossed our t’s at every turn to make sure each aspect of the game is perfect. And right now we are so close!

Golem Academy is 100% playable; we have a working prototype and have been playing at card shops across Atlanta with rave reviews. A vast majority of art and layouts for game elements is completed as well. In addition, we have already cultivated a strong relationship with our chosen manufacturer and have completed multiple designs for possible box and inlays. Because of this relationship, we have been able to track weight and cost so that we will be able to complete the pledge process and ship very early on. Success is just around the corner, and we know Kickstarter can help us get there!

Golem Academy is like nothing you've played before. Sure, it’s action packed and the game play is fast and exciting—but a lot of other games can say the same. But characters that fuse with awesome creatures and wield crazy cool powers? Wicked combo moves that obliterate your opponents?? Mind-blowing artwork that literally transports you to another world??? (Okay, maybe not “literally," but you know what I mean…) Not to mention we've tested and retested Golem Academy with a bunch of seriously smart gamers just like you—and we listened to everything they had to say. So whatcha waiting for? Pledge your support!

 ART WORK Below!

Aerodynamic Duo
Aerodynamic Duo
Cast a Drift
Cast a Drift
Cyclonic Kick
Cyclonic Kick
Debris
Debris
Squall or Nothing
Squall or Nothing
Graviton Blast
Graviton Blast
Implosion
Implosion
Gravity Maul
Gravity Maul
Crush
Crush
Spike
Spike
Inflated Egos
Inflated Egos
Scalding Elbow
Scalding Elbow
Show'em How it's done!
Show'em How it's done!

Risks and challenges

Golem Academy is 100% playable; we have a working prototype! A vast majority of art and layouts for game elements is completed as well. We have chosen a manufacturer and have completed multiple designs for possible box and inlays and our manufacturer is standing by for production. We are in the home stretch and feel Kickstarter can help us achieve our goal! As with any Kickstarter project, unexpected delays could happen, but with careful planning we are doing our best to ensure there aren't any delays.

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    The Champ!: Join Our Team! We will send you a beta version of our fifth character as soon as he is ready to be play tested! You will also receive priority access to all future beta builds of characters and expansion. ALSO includes a PDF art and making of book! OH Yeah! and don't forget everything from The Fighter Tier!

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    THE HERO: Be immortalized as a backer in our Kickstarter Exclusive Box! We will add your name to the bottom of one of our 200 cards for the world to see! ALSO, Get all prior rewards! Including the HIGH FIVE!

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    The Art Enthusiast: Receive a Kickstarter Exclusive Copy of Golem Academy with box art by Jeffrey Cruz, a Hardback version of the art book with YOUR NAME LISTED as a backer in the credits! In addition to everything in The Champ Tier!

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    The Combat Collector: Have yourself and critter of your choosing, rendered by our artist in the style of Golem Academy, a Hardback version of the art book with your name listed as a backer in the credits! Plus everything included in The Art Enthusiast Tier.

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    The Fifth: We have the fifth character's mechanics and cards nailed down. Its Golem is ready to go! We are only missing your likeness! You will become the permanent look of this character. Includes everything in Art Enthusiast Tier.

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